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Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf Greenkeeper)

Horticulture > Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf Greenkeeper)

Course Duration

1 day/ week. 2 years

Course Location

Greenmount Campus

Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf Greenkeeper)

This City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture course provides valuable in-service training for those already employed or self-employed in the sports turf sector. It is primarily designed for those who are already working as trainee and assistant greenkeepers or grounds persons. Students attend college one day a week over two years.

Course content

Main areas of study are:

  • Effective working relationships
  • Health and safety
  • Maintain the health and condition of sports turf surfaces
  • Personal development
  • Repair of sports turf surfaces
  • Site preparation, seeding and planting
  • Tractor operation
  • Use of machinery and equipment

Candidates must develop their skills in the workplace, gather supportive evidence for assessment of practical skills and complete a personal online portfolio.

Greenkeeping Cadetship Programme

CAFRE, in association with the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) Ulster Branch, offers a Greenkeeping Cadetship programme.

The programme is aimed at people aged 18-24 who have a keen interest in developing a career in greenkeeping. The GUI supports two or three greenkeeping students per year with a generous financial bursary. Each year cadets are selected on the basis of competitive interview by a panel of GUI and CAFRE representatives. The Cadetship programme runs from early September to the following May each year.

The candidates selected complete the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf Greenkeeper) programme and gain practical experience while working on the sports turf areas and campus grounds.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Sports Turf Management.

The Level 2 qualification produces skilled operatives who can quickly become key workers within the grounds care and sports turf sectors. This qualification may allow students to obtain better rates of pay, permanent positions or alternative job roles within the industry.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed or self-employed in a relevant job within the sports turf sector for at least 21 hours per week and should normally have two GCSE Grade Cs or three Grade Ds including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent will complete Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy as part of their programme of study.

Booking Terms and Conditions

CAFRE Booking terms and conditions are available by clicking here.

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